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McCann TV 'Bidding War' Is Played Down

Kate and Gerry McCann have been approached to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show and for an interview with American network ABC.

The couple's spokesman confirmed that they had been approached by US TV executives.I t had been reported that missing Madeleine McCanns' parents were at the centre of a bidding war worth £1m between Winfrey and ABC star Barbara Walters. Both are said to want an exclusive interview with the couple.However, the McCanns and Winfrey's camp were quick to play down talk of a bidding war. The McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said they had been approached by both chat show programmes but said no money had been discussed. He also categorically ruled out any interview while Madeleine's parents remained arguidos - suspects - and distanced them from talk of any sort of price war between networks. He said: "There is categorically no truth to the suggestion that any sort of bidding war is currently taking place between American networks or American programmes.

"Gerry and Kate will not be doing any sit-down interviews whilst they remain arguidos because of their legal position and this has been communicated clearly to any media, international or domestic, who are continuing to bid for interviews with them."Mr Mitchell added: "Initial contact with both Oprah and ABC has taken place as it has with many other media outlets around the world but nothing has been agreed nor are we aware of any of these programmes being in any sort of competition with each other."

He said a bidding war "is not something we would encourage".

The McCanns are already thought to be considering whether to give the go-ahead to a film about their daughter, who went missing last May on a holiday in the Algarve in Portugal.It has been confirmed that they were approached by entertainment company IMG but neither Gerry or Kate McCann attended the meeting.

Mr Mitchell said then that a film would be considered only if the McCanns believed it would help raise awareness of the case or if it could help fund the search for their daughter.A spokeswoman for Harpo Productions, which produces the Oprah Winfrey show in the US, said: "While we've been in contact with the McCann family representatives, we are in no way involved in a bidding war.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show does not pay for news interviews."

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